Family Day in San Antonio

 

 

In 2016, about a month after our son returned from his fourth and final Middle East deployment, he drove down from his home and duty station in Colorado to come check out our new digs and visit for a few days.  We bragged about how wonderful San Antonio was and that he just had to come check it out for himself.  Unfortunately, his fiance’ couldn’t get time off from work to come with him but we made the best of his visit.

After a good breakfast the day following his arrival, we took him on a field trip downtown to see the famous Alamo, Riverwalk and a few other cool touristy places.

The Alamo

 

 

The exhibit, surprisingly, was free of charge.

 

We walked around the grounds and inside, the museum.  Photos were not permitted to be taken inside the museum portion so you’ll just have to trust us when we tell you it was a pretty impressive with some interactive displays and a lot of reading of the history.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio is commonly called The Alamo and was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero. Built in 1718 on 5 acres, It was founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, and today is part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site in San Antonio, Texas, United States. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
From the History Channel about the Alamo; (<——For more info, click the link!)

In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis and including the famed frontiersman Davy Crockett–held out courageously for 13 days before the Mexican invaders finally overpowered them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.

INTERESTING FACT: David Crockett died fighting at the Alamo at the age of 49.

Outdoors, they had large placards noting the historic timeline of the Alamo and Texas.

 

 

Our son even learned that his fellow Coloradoans were first Texans!
There was a nice museum in the underground portion however, there’s a good reason why we’ve not posted photos. It’s because they don’t allow photography down there. So, you’ll just have to visit to see the exhibits for yourself!

Attraction Info:

Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 225-1391

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30PM

The Riverwalk

 After learning about the history of the Alamo, we walked along a portion of the Riverwalk to scope out a place to grab some grub at the County Line BBQ.  Lunch was good but we just couldn’t get past missing out on the splendor of the Riverwalk waterway.

Precisely, the day we took him to visit the San Antonio Riverwalk, the city scheduled it (beyond our knowledge) to be emptied and cleaned.  How disappointing for him because we bragged about how cool it was.  Sadly we didn’t take pictures because it was…well…ugly and gross.

If you’re interested in cruising the Riverwalk doing your visit, here’s some FAQ’s you may want to catch up on before heading out. Also, check their schedule to make sure your experience won’t be like ours!  The Riverwalk is a free attraction and is open all of the time. Restaurants and businesses on the Riverwalk have their own operating hours.

The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum

But we made good of the day and moved onto other sites.  We walked over to the Buckhorn Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum. The Buckhorn Museum features mounted wildlife from all over the world, including mammals, birds and fish. The animals represent over 520 species of wildlife, including fish from the seven seas and animals from every continent.

The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is a privately run museum and was originally privately owned by Albert Friedrich. The Buckhorn became a tourist attraction for its interesting collections of artifacts. Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders were reputed to frequent the establishment. Housed in 1956 in the Lone Star Brewery, the collection passed to Friedrich’s heirs who had it moved to its current location.

 

Those were a bit pricey but well worth it. It cost us $60 for the three of us for admission to both museums.

 

 

All of the museums were very impressive.  The Buckhorn Museum had such a huge collection of horns, antlers, exotics and taxidermy.

 

 

Like Father, like Son!  Without each knowing they did this, I got the pictures!  My silly boys!

 

 

 

 

 

‘Horny Chairs’ have a funny bit of humor in our family as Dan’s parents have one of these in their home. Its always a topic of conversation at family gatherings.

 

Texas Ranger Museum…

The Texas Ranger Museum features authentic Texas Ranger Division artifacts including automatic handguns, shotguns, badges, photographs and more. The museum also features Ranger Town, a recreation of San Antonio at the turn of the century which includes a replica Buckhorn Saloon, jail cell, blacksmith shop and a replica of the 1934 Ford V8 Deluxe; the famous Bonnie & Clydegetaway car. The Texas Ranger Museum is not affiliated with the official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

 

We learned about the history of the Texas Rangers (not MLB team) and their importance of Texas Law Enforcement.

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie & Clyde getaway car

 

Bonnie & Clyde Wanted Info
WHEW! Good thing we’re not on there!

 

 

We wanted to also note that there were two interesting exhibits inside these two museums that were an added bonus!

In addition to the buckhorn museum collection, we looked at rattlesnake art, and memorabilia collections of both the cowboy era culture and Native Americans. We also visited a portion of the museum to see the “Carnival of Curiosities” and the “American Sideshow” which showcased a whole bunch of circus sideshow weird stuff.

We spent a couple hours at these two museums (in the same building).  What a great collection of artifacts, documents, information, etc. that you won’t find in history books, periodicals or even television.

 

Before we left, I visited the old west-themed gift store stocking cowboy hats, T-shirts, Bowie knives & other sundries.

Attraction Info:

Located in: Metro Houston Street
Address: 318 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 247-4000

Hours: 10:00 AM –  5PM

 Despite our disappointment over the ‘dry’ Riverwalk, it was a good day.  The weather was perfect, family time was superb and it just was an awesome time. The only thing missing was our son’s fiancé’. Hopefully next time!

If you’re in San Antonio even for a short time, we highly recommend visiting all of these amazing attractions.

 

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